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UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje predictions

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The UFC is in Jacksonville, observing COVID-19 protocols to present UFC 249.

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The weigh-ins are over and only one fighter missed weight. Jeremy Stephens will likely be fined by the Florida State Boxing Commission but everything is social distanced and ready to go.

Except for Ronaldo Souza, who tested positive for COVID-19 last night. That means the Souza vs. Uriah Hall bout is gone.

That is a concern, although the Florida State Boxing Commission and the Mayor of Jacksonville continue to back the proceeding of UFC 249.

Fans will not be present at the arena.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FGHT PASS PRELIM (6:00PM ET/3PM PT)

RYAN SPANN (17-5-0) VS. SAM ALVEY (33-13-0, 1NC)

UFC 249

Andrews: Alvey needs a win badly. Unforunately, he’s outgunned everywhere here except in smiling. Spann gets the finish.

Andrews Prediction: Ryan Spann via submission

BRYCE MITCHELL (12-0-0) VS. CHARLES ROSA (12-3-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: You heard Dana hype this one. The Bryce train continues here with another impressive submission.

Andrews Prediction: Bryce Mitchell via submission 

#7 VICENTE LUQUE  (17-7-1) VS. NIKO PRICE (14-3-0, 1NC)

UFC 249

Andrews: Price lost the first fight while he improves here, loses again. Luque drops the hammer.

Andrews Prediction: Vicente Luque via TKO

ESPN PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

#7 CARLA ESPARZA (15-6-0) VS. #8 MICHELLE WATERSON (17-7-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: Esparza needs to get the fight to the ground here. Waterson should be able to pile up the points on the feet, enough to ground out the win.

Andrews Prediction: Michelle Waterson via UD

#12 ALEKSEI OLEINEIK (58-13-1) VS. FABRICIO WERDUM (23-8-1)

UFC 249

Andrews: Both guys are clever, but Werdum has the ego which has cost him against Miocic. Upset here, Aleksei knocks out  Werdum!

Andrews Prediction: Aleksei Oleinik via TKO

#6 DONALD CERRONE (36-14-0) VS. #15 ANTHONY PETTIS (22-10-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: Does Cowboy have one more good one left in him? It has to be now. Pettis is dangerous still, but worn down. I think Cowboy returns for one more night.

Andrews Prediction: Donald Cerrone via UD

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

GREG HARDY (5-2-0, 1NC) VS. YORGAN DE CASTRO (5-0-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: Hardy needs to make a statement and right now.

Andrews Prediction: Greg Hardy via TKO

#7 JEREMY STEPHENS (28-17-0, 1NC) VS. #9 CALVIN KATTAR (20-4-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: Stephens missed weight. Advantage Kattar. He should be able to outstrike Stephens.

Andrews Prediction: Calvin Kattar via UD

#2  FRANCIS NGANNOU (14-3-0) VS. #6 JAIRZINHO ROZENSTRUIK (10-0-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: Tough one to call. Either fighter can win it, but I see Ngannou getting caught rushing in.

Andrews Prediction: Jairzinho Rozenstruik via TKO

HENRY CEJUDO (15-2-0) VS. DOMINICK CRUZ (22-2-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: If anyone can come back from a leg layoff from the announcer’s booth, it’s Dominick. But I think it will be too much. I don’t Dominick can hurt Henry, plus Henry is more active. Cejudo eventually scores more points to score a close decision.

Andrews Prediction: Henry Cejudo via UD

#1 TONY FERGUSON (25-3-0) VS. #4 JUSTIN GAETHJE (21-2-0)

UFC 249

Andrews: Can Tony stay away from the leg kicks and big shots? He usually gets caught with one tor two and it could be costly with Justin. But I think preparing for Khabib will give Tony an extra boost. He overcomes some dangerous shots from Justin and puts him away late in the championship rounds.

Andrews Prediction: Tony Ferguson via submission

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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